World Peace


To the editor:

Where to begin? At what may seem like odd places, I engage common people in conversation about world peace at the USPS retail counter, while filling up the truck’s fuel tank, at the doctor’s office, grocery store, restaurant, etc.
It seems to me that the news makes all of us attentive to good news. Really, I’m not sure why almost everyone I greet with, “We could use some world peace,” responds enthusiastically. When practical, I will ask for a “small order of world peace.”
The serendipitous enthusiasm has been delightful. In many instances, world peace is packaged and added to an order. One day, after placing the hamburger and shake order at the drive-up window, I pulled away to the next window and, yes, a sealed container marked “world peace” awaited me.
More recently, an individual went so much further. She asked her coworkers for ideas to include. To my delight, I received a handwritten note and candy!
I like to think that these innocent and brief transactions are opportunities for divine grace. Of course, most of these encounters do not produce the “small order.” Always I invite this person to pray with me later.
The many “small orders,” all carefully marked and sealed, are my gift to the world — a Christmas present unwrapped year-round.
Try it. Don’t hesitate or be afraid to order world peace. Everyone responds warmly.
Patrick Miner
St. Ann Fraternity, Secular Franciscans, Green Bay, Wisco

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